Advanced Opportunities

Fast Forward
The Fast Forward program provides every student attending an Idaho public school an allocation of $4,125.00 to use towards Advanced Opportunities in grades 7-12. The program was expanded by the Legislature in 2016 through the passing of House Bill 458. The fund can be used for:

Overload Courses
An overload course is a high school level course that is taken in excess of the student’s regular school day. These courses are offered online, during the summertime, and after school. In the event that student incurs a cost for such courses, the Fast Forward program can pay up to $225.00 for the cost of the course. Overload courses must be above and beyond the full course load offered by the student’s local school.

Dual Credits
Dual credit is courses taken by high school students that are transcribed on their high school and college transcripts. The Fast Forward program can pay for up to $75.00 per credit, and in most cases, the cost of these credits is $65.00. Dual Credit courses can also be taken online, by virtual conferencing, or in some cases students can go directly to the college/university campus. More information on specific Idaho colleges and universities can be found in the Links tab.

Exams
Student can utilize Fast Forward funds to pay for a variety of college-credit bearing or professional technical exams. These include Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or Career & Technical Education (CTE) exams. A full list of qualifying exams is available in the Resource Files.

Advanced Opportunities Fast Forward funding Participation Form

GEM Certificate
College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers you the opportunity to complete what has traditionally been referred to as your General Education or core classes and earn a college certificate in the process. What’s great about this certificate is that you can transfer to any Idaho public university or college, and the credits you earned will fulfill general core classes there.
You can earn the General Education Academic certificate by itself or along with your degree. Transferring is made simpler because you have a designation on your transcript that you have completed the General Education program. This General Education Academic Certificate consists of 36 credits.
Areas you will study: 

  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Global Perspectives
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Science 
  • Humanities and Arts
  • Behavioral and Social Science

Kuna High GEM Certificate Plan

GEM Planning sheet: Four-year high school learning plan.

Dual Credit Partner Colleges:
Boise State University
College of Southern Idaho
College of Western Idaho
University of Idaho
Idaho Digital Learning Academy

Course Transfer Idaho:
See how your dual credits will transfer in-state. Course Transfer Idaho
For out of state colleges, see the institutions page or call their admissions department.